With the 2013-14 season looming closer, we’ll be taking a look at the new and old Division match-ups in the new formed Metropolitan Division in this weekly blog. This week we take a look at a team that the Devils have a long and storied history with, the Philadelphia Flyers.
With the new NHL realignment comes a new Division and new regular opponents for your New Jersey Devils. It also changes the way the Devils will interact with teams they’ve played against for decades now. New rivalries will form and some fire will be added to the old ones, so let’s take a look at how the 2013-14 season will look for the Devils within the new Metropolitan Division.
Game Time: 7:30 PM
TV: TSN, NBCSN, MSG+
Radio: 1130 AM
Thursday night, your New Jersey Devils (15-17-10) will look to finally snap a 10-game losing streak as they travel to Philly to take on the Flyers (19-21-3) for the fifth and final time this season. The Devils have gone 0-6-4 in their past ten, virtually knocking them out of the 2013 playoff race. The Flyers, on the other hand, have gone 6-4-0 in their past 10, moving one point ahead of the Devils in the standings as they try to piece together a season that got off to a rocky start for the Philadelphia team.
Stars of the game:
1: Giroux (Goals: 0, Assists: 0)
2. Talbot (Goals: 1, Assits:0)
3. Clarkson (Goals: 1, Assits: 0)
It was a game that started with quite a bit of hype. Moose was starting in his 11th straight game, and was on a high after stopping 46 of 50 shots along with a two game win streak while Bryzgalov, the Flyers goalie, was quoted as saying that the Flyers wouldn’t make the playoffs if they didn’t win tonight’s game. After the Devils gave the Flyers a 5-2 smack down in New Jersey on Wednesday, the Devils Army believed that his fear would become reality. Yet in the end, it was the Devils who snapped a two game win streak and left the City of Brotherly Love with just one point.
Game Time: 7:00 PM
TV: NHLN-US, MSG+
Radio: 610 AM
Friday night, the New Jersey Devils (13-9-5) will complete their home-and-home series with the Flyers (12-15-1) in Philadelphia. This will be the first time the teams meet at the Wells Fargo Center this season and the fourth of five meetings this year. The Devils have held the advantage at The Rock, going 3-0-0 and outscoring the Flyers 13-5 in those games.
It was an old school rivalry that was anything but ordinary. The New Jersey Devils hosted the Philadelphia Flyers in their second meeting of the year on home ice, and they didn’t disappoint. Although the Devils were outplayed in the first period, they came back to play some serious Devil-style hockey and scored 4 unanswered goals to win with a commanding 5-3 lead. The team now leads the Eastern Conference with 21 points.
The game started with the Devils scoring a goal within the first 40 seconds of the game with a beautiful shot from Travis Zajac. Unfortunately, the lead was short lived and the team soon found themselves with a 3-1 deficit as the result of goals from Simmonds, Knuble and Read.
Not to be deterred, the Devils started the second period with an aggressive offensive strategy that included long passes from Brodeur to keep the Flyers out of our defensive zone. The efforts paid off with Ponikarovsky’s first goal in his first game back as a Devil while netting yet another assist for Ilya Kovalchuk and Martin Brodeur. A goal from Patrik Elias tied the game and the teams left the ice with a 3-3 tie.
The Devils continued the momentum into the third period with some really smart plays and crisp passing, resulting in a beautiful tip in front of the net, not to mention a game winning goal, from David Clarkson. The icing on the cake? An empty netter from Bernier, of course.
Stars of the game
1. Ilya Kovalchuk
2. David Clarkson
3. Patrik Elias